Meriden- Dorothy Balkow King, wife of the late Allen W. King, passed away at the Mansfield Center for Nursing on Sunday, October 25, 2009. The daughter of the late Harold and Phoebe (Burks) Balkow, she was born on July 3, 1920 and was a life long resident of Meriden. Dot was educated in the Meriden public school system and graduated from Meriden High School with the class of 1938. Dorothy was formerly employed as a receptionist and bookkeeper with Walsh and Massari Opticians in Meriden. She served voluntarily at the Meriden-Wallingford hospital in many capacities and was the treasurer of the MidState Medical Center Auxiliary. Dot was also an active member of the local AARP chapter and the First Congregational Church. Dorothy leaves two sons, Thomas A. King and Donald W. King both of Ashford, CT, a brother, Harold Balkow of Tucson, AZ, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Balkow and a sister, Eleanor Pesecreta. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 12noon at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. Dr. John W. Clarke will officiate. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to the MidState Medical Center Auxiliary, c/o MidState Development Office 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden, Ct 06451.

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  1. Donald, Thomas & your entire families: My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom, grandmother and great grandmother. She truly loved each and everyone of you. When I worked with Dot, she always has pictures and stories about all of you. I missed having her around when she left her role as Treasurer in the Auxiliary. I work in the Volunteer Office and we spent every day working together for many years with lots of laughs and stories. A very special lady who I know you will all miss. Again,my deepest sympathy – Dot Mut

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I am a past president of AARP Chapter 4644. Dot was always willing to help out, especially with our luncheons. She will be missed.

  3. Tom, Don and families i am deeply saddened by the passing of your deepest sympathy goes out to you and your were great neighbors and friends.remember the look on your moms face when we used your bird bath as a tackling dummy and snapped it in half!!the good old days!unfortunately, due to work commitments, i wont be able to attend the memorial service, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. ned skinnon and family

  4. Tom, Don and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will miss her. Larry & Diane Flanigan

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